Woohoo! We were so pleased to learn that we earned a number of prestigious medals at the 23rd Annual Grand Harvest Awards held in November in Santa Rosa, California. The Grand Harvest Awards is a unique wine competition that started in 1990 and showcases the diverse terroirs (“sense of place” encompassing unique geographies, soils and climates) around the United States. The competition is sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine.
We took home 16 medals from the competition, including gold medals for our 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Traminette wines. The timing for these medals was great because both of these wines are fantastic to serve at holiday parties and Christmas dinner. Traminette is a semi-dry wine that goes really well with a variety of holiday meals, like ham or turkey. Our Chardonnay is another nice choice for Christmas–this dry white has a great balance of fruit and oak notes and will complement a variety of foods.
In addition, Richter Red, Purple Haze, Chocolette, Cool Cat, Cat Noir, Marquette, Diamond, Fredonia, Trifection and White Side of the Moon wines were all awarded silver medals, while 2010 Barrel-Select Noiret, 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Dry Riesling and 2011 Riesling all received bronze medals.
These wines represent the diverse wines we produce here at Liberty Vineyards. Dry wines like our Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling, Barrel-Select Noiret and Marquette all won awards as did a number of our “fun”, sweet wines, like Purple Haze, which is made from Concord grapes, and White Side of the Moon, made from Niagara grapes. Our specialty dessert wines, Chocolette and Cool Cat, also both received medals.